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    November 5, 2009
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alive, but police say the mother may have been involved in his disappearance. and a police officer suffers a stab wound. eyewitness news at 4:00 starts now. hi, everybody. i'm kai jackson. >> and i'm sally thorner. here's what people are talking about right now. >> we begin with the army base at fort hood, texas, where police say there has been a mass shooting. >> reporter: this is unfolding now. details, of course, are sketching right now. but here's what we do know. the army is confirming that seven people are dead and at least 20 wounded in what police are calling a mass shooting. there are reports of at least one person in police custody and one suspect on the loose.
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the base is on lockdown right now. schools in nearby kilean, texas are also being locked down. the shooting took place at the warrior combat readiness stress. it is about halfway between tilline and -- killine and waco. >> denise, thank you. of course, we'll monitor the situation and bring you any developments as we get them. house of horrors. police are dismantling the home of a convicted sex offender, while family and friends come forward. >> reporter: police were back inside anthony sowle's home. looking for bodies. they cut into walls, ceilings, floors, looking for victims. across the street, flyers of missing women now adorn a piece of plywood, torn to a fence.
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>> this was kimberly sharp. she was one of my old friends to school. >> reporter: natishia came not knowing if her friend could have been one of sowell's victims. >> it hurts me bad. >> do you think it helps to put her picture here? >> i hope so. i really do. >> reporter: since saturday, investigators have recovered 10 bodies from a house in sowell's yard. the medical examiner says they are all african american women. >> reporter: pastors are ungerring families of miss -- urging families of missing women to help provide dna. it could help identify the remains found here at sowell's home. >> reporter: ministers rally at a church. they say not enough was done to investigate nearly two dozen people missing from this area. they made a call to police to do something. and a higher power to heal their pain. >> , race it, lord. arrest satan, in the name of
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jesus, hallelujah. >> reporter: sowell is being held on five counts of aggravated murder. but there could be more charges as police search for more victims in this house of horrors. >> reporter: drew levinson, wjz eyewitness news. >> sowell is a convicted sex offender and received regular visits from a parole officer who never entered his home. a baby found alive in a box and under a bed. jessica kartalija is live in the newsroom to explain the bizarre circumstances as to how she got there. >> reporter: 7-year-old shannon dedrick's mother reported her missing on saturday. volunteers and hundreds of police officers scoured the home for five days. police say christina mercer secretly turned the baby over to her babysitter, before the child was reported missing. the child was found by search dogs today under a bed, in the home of mercer's babysitter, in a cardboard box. >> she was in the box for
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almost 12 hours. in a closed box. shannon was immediately taken to the northwest community hospital here in chiply, where she was examined by the local doctor. shannon is currently located at the hospital, and we understand that she is in good condition. >> both women are under arrest. it's unclear why mercer called police and reported that child missing. back to you. >> thank you, jessica. baker is linked to another missing child, her 3-year-old stepson, who disappeared in 1987. it's a story first brought to you as breaking news this morning. a baltimore city officer opens fire at a baltimore strip club, after being stabbed. weijia jiang has more from the crime scene. >> reporter: the owner of the strip club says everything happened outside the door behind me, as the bar was closing. but he along with police have no idea why.
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>> reporter: it's 2:00 a.m., at christina's female revue. >> we were notified by baltimore county police that an off-duty officer was involved in some type of altercation in the county. the officer got stabbed once in the neck and the back. he was able to get off a defensive round, striking him. >> christina's owner said he had never seen either man in the club before. >> it's very sad. it's extremely sad. all i ever really wanted in this business was to have a place where people can go, have a good time, and be able to go home at the end of the night. >> reporter: here said he was standing behind this one-way glass when the incident happened. he looked out and saw an empty bar and had no idea what was going on, until someone urged him to call 911. >> i ran back to my office, dialed 9 11, told them there
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was a fight and i needed police. >> reporter: detectives are still investigating what sparked this chaotic scene. baltimore county police expect to charge the suspect who stand the officer. both are recovering at shock trauma, in serious but stable condition. >> reporter: the owner says he has a security team who works here every night. but he does not have a metal detector or surveillance cameras, which he does not plan to install. >> they say the officer involved does not vay history of -- have a history of this type of incident. police say clyde patterson threatened them during a confrontation, along route 40 northeast on tuesday and broke a window on a patrol car. the troopero open -- trooper opened fire, striking him when he lunged at troopers. the officers were responding to several reports. patterson was released from the hospital. no one else was injured in the rocket attack. a firefighter cadet killed
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in a highly criticized training accident, is denied help for her children. a technicality is to blame for that denial. >> reporter: the department of justice says the city fire department failed to file the required paperwork in time to receive cadet wilson's benefits. wilson died in a 2007 training exercise. she became trapped in a fire used for training. she died of asphyxiation. the training violated several training standards. they immediately discontinued practice of setting fire to row houses so that cadets could gain experience in extinguish blazes. the city says say -- said they were denying the benefits through e-mail. >> she said she will continue to appeal the justice department's decision. updating the breaking news at texas. a mass shooting at fort hood. cbs news anchor katie couric
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fired -- filed this report from moments ago. >> there has been a mass shooting at fort hood, the army basis in killine, texas. one gunman is reportedly in custody. and at least one other is being sought. a local television station is reporting that a s.w.a.t. team is surrounding a building and that a gunman may be holed up inside. it's not known if the victimsie the attackers -- victims or the soldiers were military at this point. fort hood is used for training soldiers before they're deployed to iraq and afghanistan. the entire base is now under lockdown. from the white house, spokesman robert gibbs says president obama has been informed and is monitoring the situation. once again, a mass shooting at fort hood, in texas. at least seven people are dead. 20 others wounded. there's much more ahead on your local news, and of course tonight on the cbs evening news.
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for now, i'm katie couric, cbs news, new york. >> thank you, katie. of course we'll continue to monitor the situation and bring you any new developments as we get them. some clouds and sun with a cool breeze. it's cool and dry. but a chance of sprinkles here tonight. and in the southern caribbean. the tropical storm is still hanging around. bob turk and meteorologist tim williams are here with the updated numbers from first warning weather. first to bob. we've had clouds from time to time. take a look around the area. very widely scattered showers. very light stuff. right now, south of the city, very light. but a little heavier northwest d.c. might actually reach the ground. most of this rain has been so light. but it's been so evaporated. off to the east, elkton, and galena. out to the west, very widely scattered showers. still possible tonight around the baltimore area. for the next hour or two, might see a little light rain, very light stuff. but chilly and dry weather is really in our forecast. and beautiful sun for the weekend. now, you talk about a tropical
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storm. we briefly had a hurricane last night. tim williams joins us now with the latest on ida. >> reporter: well, bob as you mentioned, idawas a hurricane for a sue hours. then lost its status as a hurricane. now, sustained winds at 65 miles an hour. gusts of about 72. the storm is pretty much just a large group of thunderstorms right now. and moving across nicaragua and honduras. we're watching this closely because of the potential for it to reemerge as it moves across the land. right now, we're expecting it to weaken as it moves across nicaragua, and again honduras. and potentially loses tropical storm status. buen gan, this storm -- but again, this storm is still forming. we're going to continue to monitor. because this energy, if it does reemerge, has to go somewhere. we're talking about the gulf states and even as far as texas. we'll continue to keep you monitored on this storm system. but for now, kai, back over to you. let's check on the roads
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with sharon gibala at we'll traffic control. good afternoon, everyone. we have some problems as usual. first of all, watch for an accident. that one on greenspring avenue at broadway. another accident in the city on reisterstown road. at men low. pedestrian struck there. in owings mills road. there is a crash on painters mill mcdonna. -- mcduna -- mcdonna. meantime, as far as delays go, we have some slight ones, speeds in the 40s all around the top and the west side. slowest spot on the top side, between 95 and 83 on the outer loop. 41 miles per hour, with a 15- minute drive time. there's a look at the top side loop. green spring to falls. and york to providence, another two minutes there. there's a look at the west side. heavy volume there on the west side inner loop, between frederick. and 35 minutes at 34 miles an
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hour. this traffic report is brought to you by the state highway administrationing. area police are on the hunt for drunk drivers. under the limit, under arrest. still ahead on wjz eyewitness news. on the breaking news, a mass shooting on the fort hood army base. at least seven people are dead. 20 more hurt. up until now, experts said your pets are safe from h1n1. now a cat is testing positive for the virus. what you need to do to protect your pets. violent explosion. the deja vu of another incident for the same company. two pilots on their laptops overshoot their destination airport. now, the government finds more than one person dropped the ball. it's cool and overcast. and there's a slight chance of rain. get your updated first warning forecast.
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let's update the breaking news from the top of the hour. a mass shooting at an army base in texas. as we have been telling you, at least seven people are dead and 20 more injured in a shooting at fort hood. you're looking live at a picture on the scene. one suspect is in custody and one has been on the loose. the base has been on lockdown for sometime. the shooting apparently happened at a place that handles administrative details for soldiers. this report was filed from the scene moments ago. >> two out of three ambulances headed towards temple, once we pass temple, headed that way. we assume with casualties from this event. we should be getting our first formal release from fort hood in about 10 minutes. we are waiting for them to come talk to the media in the next half hour. we expect our first formal release from fort hood in about the next 10 or 15 minutes exactly. what's going on.
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we've also seen a number of helicopters in the air, hanging over fort hood, since we got here about 15 minutes ago. and a couple of emergency vehicles entered behind me here. in terms of a fisher release, expect that in maybe the next 10 minutes. >> that report filed from fort hood moments ago. as you heard from katie couric, president obama has been informed. we will continue to mop torthe situation -- monitor the situation and bring you any more details. there is information today about shrinking unemployment numbers. and it sends stocks soaring. the dow is back up above the 10,000 mark. take a look at the updated numbers. the dow soars 204 points to end this day at 10,066. and nasdaq is up 50. let's go to new york. manuel gallegus has more. >> the unemployment line is
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getting shorter. the number of those filing for benefits fell to the lowest level in 10 montes. -- months. but companies are still reluctant to hire. and wall street expects unemployment to inch up to 9.9%. fannie mae is offering new help. it will allow borrowers to transfer their ownership to fannie mae and rent their home for one year, with month-to- month extensions for a year. the program gives homeowners more time before they have to disrupt their thrive -- lives and move out. cooler weather and early holiday discounts brought out the shoppers. the biggest winners were costco, the gap, tj maxx, and marshall's. and the new york yankees 27th world series could be good news for wall street.
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according to a study by capital iq, in the years the yankees have won the world series title, the s&p has averaged a game of 10%. the market has ral -- rallied, about 15%. for more headlines, log onto cbs money waup.com. moneywatch.com. listen up, all of you yankees haters. coming up at 4:00. new details on the break story, of course the mass shooting at fort hood, texas. a chimp attack. find out who the family of a woman mauled by a chimp and now blind is suing. and the clouds we've seen all day could bring us some rain. get your updated first warning forecast. wjz is always on. for the top stories on wjz.com, and instant updates all the time, click wjz.com.
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well, that's pretty. >> it is. some of the skies, this time of year. the sky, the blue is just so
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stark. it's dry. the blue is really pretty brill jant. -- brilliant. and this is gorgeous. another streak we hope to have over the next few days. nice sunsets tonight. and temperatures pretty k comfortable and clear. we have clouds out there. the result of a bit of a low that's moved on through here over the day. we started off with sunny conditions. we're seeing clearing now. but this was part of a larger storm. much near central pennsylvania. but we are seeing just some light scattered showers, primarily all over the county toward the beltway. towards westminster. and they are just moving off the state. don't be surprised if you see a few. light sprinkles at all. nothing too severe for your evening. 37, the dew point. the atmosphere is very, very dry. another thing, you're seeing these sprinkles, because they do evaporate, after they hit that really dry air coming
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down. 54% relative humidity, with a northwest wind at 8 miles per hour. across the state, we're ranging from 43 in oakland to about 58 in ocean city. and 59 in pax river. around the immediate metro area, everyone pretty much in the low to mid-50s. because of this wind coming from the north to northwest, we stay in this cold zone. that will change as the wind the shift, going into saturday or so. what we're dealing with right now, we're going to see with a front moving on through here. pretty dry, we should say. it's going to create a bit of a gradient. high pressure is trying to draw in here. but until this low gets out, we're going to see some pressure between those two systems, kind of creating breezy and windy conditions into tonight and tomorrow. we have one more chilly day. this pulls out on of here. but it still pulls out cooler air. until the front moves on by here and the high begins to start to ease off, we won't start to see that flow of mild
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air around. but that will get here by saturday. and temperatures get up closer to about the seasonable, cool, mild range. as opposed to chilly. still going to monitor what is now tropical storm ida, which is now moving across nicaragua and honduras. again, that energy is expected to weaken. we will continue to keep you posted in the next week. as it starts to emerge into the gulf of mexico. right now, sunset is at 5:00 today. we're looking at a gail warning tonight. northwest wind at 20 to 25 knots. gusting to 35. and here's your forecast for tonight. getting down to 35. partly cloudy, breezy and chilly. and for tomorrow, one more cool day. mostly sunny, with a light cool breeze around. it's going to be more gusty. but saturday and sunday, really nice. >> finally. nice weekend. all right. thanks, tim. don't forget now to watch cbs's prime time lineup at
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10:00. it's an episode of the mentalist. and ravens are back on the field and on wjz this weekend. they're taking on the bengals in cincinnati a game you'll see here sunday at 1:00. katie couric has a preview of what's coming up tonight on the cbs evening news. of course, we're following the breaking story out of texas. new movie precious is making headlines. my interview with the leading actress who came out of nowhere to land the role of a lifetime. that's tonight on the cbs evening news. that, the latest from fort hood, and a final plea. a letter written by convicted sniper john muhammad is revealed. we'll tell you what it says. major traffic jams continue because of lights out of sync. why the problem is so hard to fix. eyewit news boss:hey, glad i caught you. i was on my way to present ideas
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it is 4:29. 53 degrees and partly cloudy. hello, everyone. thanks for staying with eyewitness news. >> updating the breaking news. a mass shooting at an army base in texas. seven people are confirmed dead at fort hood. sally has more information. >> in addition to the dead, 20 wounded people in what is described as a pair of shooting. it happened at the base, which is located about halfway between killeen and waco. the base has been locked down and at least one shooter has been caught. another apparently on the loose. the fbi is sending agents to the scene. the first shooting happened at the soldier processing detail. there was no immediate word on who the suspects are, nor on the identities of the dead. the second shooting took place at a theater on the sprawling base. a frantic mother whose child is in a school on the base, spokesmoments ago. >> i could not get through to any of the ent stations.
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and i finally got the school to answer. their phones were ringing off the hook. what got to me, was i asked to see if there was any m ps outside the school and they said there was no one there. and this was when they were still having an active shooting on post. >> did they tell you what was going on? >> no. and i asked when we could find out, when we could get our children. and they said, they weren't even aware there was an active shooting event. >> it was not known whether the shooters were civilians. president obama has been notified of the shooting. >> stay with wjz for complete coverage of the fort hood shooting. remember, wjz is always on. for instant updates, log onto wjz.com. federal investigators are in colorado, trying to find out why pilots of a northwest jet overshot an airport at minneapolis two weeks ago. >> reporter: en route to minneapolis from san diego, northwest flight, 188, passed through air space, controlled by the denver regional air
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traffic control center. when it lost contact with the flight, procedure dictates that the north american aerospace defense command in colorado springs needs to be notified. that contact is done through what's called the domestics event network. a hotline maintained through various air space security agencies. that, we've learned, did not happen for more than an hour, after last radio contact with the plane. that was at 5:46 mountain time. 10 minutes later, at 5:56, denver controllers tried to hand off the plane to the minneapolis st. paul region. but there was no response from the plane. the faa tells cbs 4, not until 7:06 perform mountain time was norad contacted. eight minutes later, at 7:18, contact with the northwest flight was reestablished. by then, operation noble eagle was used to put norad fighters on alert, to be scrambled, the procedure set up immediately after the attacks of september
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11th 2001. >> definitely violates pre- 9/11. but absolutely violates post- 9/11 protocols between norad and the faa. the question is, why weren't the supervisors notified? >> reporter: they took off in proximity. but they were held back once radio contact with the northwest flight had resumed. had the planes been dispatched more timely, they could have flown alongside the northwest cockpit and tried to make visual contact with the pilots inside. >> the two pilots on board the northwest jet are now appealing after their pilot licenses were revoked. just days ahead of his schedule, death by lethal inject,jection, the d.c. sniper proclaims his innocence. >> reporter: attorneys for john allen muhammad have released a revealing letter he wrote in may of 2008. in that letter, muhammad calls himself, quote an innocent black man and claims evidence
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will free him. the father of one of the victims is now raising money to travel from idaho to witness the execution. >> we had to look at our daughter, laying in a coffin. i want to see him headed for his. i don't have a grant of well wishing for that man. >> reporter: louis says he knows seeing muhammad die won't bring his daughter back, but he wants to bring a sense of closure to his family in idaho. muhammad is scheduled to be executed next wednesday. the attempted murder trial of a charles county man is under way in anne arundel county. jody torac was shot. she tried to kill her to clear a $500 debt to her boyfriend.
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torok lost her unborn baby, while in a coma at i baltimore hospital. scary moments in northwest baltimore, after people were reported to be trapped inside a house on fire. the blaze broke out this morning on ridgewood avenue near hillsdale. fire investigators -- or rather, firefighters originally believed that there were occupants still trapped in the basement. luckily, everyone was able to make it out safely and the fire was put under control. a second day today. commuters are continuing to deal with gridlock at key intersections. this is exactly what montgomery county officials want you to avoid today. wednesday's traffic congestion caused a mess, along with a lot of frustration. >> it's slow. it's very slow. >> reporter: the county's chief traffic engineer said the central computer system went down. traffic controllers could not program specific signals to adjust the timing of the green,
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yellow and red lights. >> 1980s, finished computer technology. we do have a program in place to begin to upgrade and modernize the county system. but we're in the early stages of that. >> reporter: contractors and engineers have been working around the clock to fix the problem. >> they stressed that the traffic signals are working but they're not working efficiently during rush hour because of the breakdown. it's been a partly cloudy afternoon. there have been scattered sprinkles. wjz has weather and traffic together. bob has the updated numbers. >> take a look at radar right now. a little batch just about to move into the baltimore region from the northwest. you can see the flow, bringing this actually weak frontal system through the region. a few light showers east of d.c. south of crofton, east of annapolis. light sprinkles moving to the west of us. a few more light showers. we still have a chance now until about 8:00, 9:00.
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right now, west of the city. and northwest of baltimore. a few light sprinkles around. the key is, once this cloud mass passes this, clear, sunny, in fact, a gorgeous five-day forecast. and a fabulous weekend. we'll have the forecast coming up. denise? >> thank you, bob. let's check on the roads now with sharon gibala at wjz traffic control. hello, sharon. it's gotten a little busier out there. we now have an accident on a major roadway. it's blocking a lane causing a backup. it's on 100 westbound. blocking the right lane with a backup there to 97. watch for a crash in timonium. also, one in owings mills. painters mill at mcdonogh road. a bunch of accidents in the city. some of them include east 33rd at old york. and east kernspring at kernwood avenue. there's a look at your speeds. we were in the 40s about 20 minutes ago. obviously things slowing down. slowest spot now on the west side. 32 miles per hour. average between 795 and 83, with a 14-minute drive time. there's a live look at the top
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side. inner loop delayed, between green spring and falls. and a four-minute drive time. and a second delay. nine minutes there. this traffic report is brought to you by giant. now, at giant, you'll find thousands of real-deal savings. family savers on sale. and hundreds of weekly specials, too every time you shop with your card at giant. a stunning development in the swine flu virus is now showing up in animals. veterinarians say it has been discovered in a cat. what can you do to keep your pets safe? stacely butler has -- stacy butler has the story. >> reporter: inundated with phone calls. >> clients have called us, wondering if swine flu could be transmitted to their pets. and we've said no. >> reporter: but now -- >> today, we're going to have to say possibly. >> reporter: today, a cat in iowa tested positive for the h1n1 influenza virus, possibly from someone in the household who had the swine flu.
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prompting the american veterinary medical association to warn pet owners that some viruses can pass between people and animals. >> skin looks good. >> reporter: since the h1n1 outbreak in humans, the aspca has assured pet owners the virus cannot be transmitted to cats and dogs. not anymore. >> this is the first case that it's been reported in a cat. >> reporter: so far, no cases in l.a. county have been reported. but veterinarians, like dr. lori leech are concerned. >> what if a single person with a cat is down with swine flu. and they call in and they're going to ask their veterinarian, can my cat get it. and then they're going to say possibly. and they're going to say, what do i do about it? and i don't know nawe have all of the answers -- i don't know that we have all of the answers. >> reporter: what you can do is get your dog vaccinated for the influenza, h3n8. it's a different form of the flu. ask you can treat them with
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antibiotics for dogs. >> reporter: the aspca recommends, get your pets vaccinated. don't let your pets share water, food, and toys with other animals. and make sure your pet is eating, drinks and playing as he -- drinking and playing as he normally would each day. for now, they say treat the h1n1 in pets as you would any other flu. >> i think people should be alarmed but not panicked. >> two ferrets were previously confirmed to have h1n1. though neither of them survived. straight ahead on eyewitness news at 4:00. more information about the breaking news from texas. a mass shooting at fort hood. asleep at the wheel. a california bus driver who caused a bus crash that killed 11 people is sentenced for his crime. an australian baby is the first in the world to be saved. the heartwarming story. and bob is updating the first warning weather forecast.
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we want to upindicate you on that developing story we have been telling you about, that mass shooting in fort hood, texas. >> the latest information is at least 20 people are confirmed -- 7 are confirmed dead. and 20 wounded. it's not known if the suspects are civilians or troops. a -- not only is the base on lockdown, so are nearby schools. vic, back to you. with complete coverage of the fort hood shooting. remember, wjz is always on. for updates, log onto wjz.com. a sixth person has been arrested in connection with the death of a connecticut football player. jasper howard died october
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18th, after being stabbed following a campus dance. muhammad was charged with making a false statement and hindering prosecution. john lomax is the only one being charged with howard's murder. he is being held on a $2 million bond. the prosecution has rested its case against a member of a west texas polygamist group. today, a texas ranger testified that jessop was living with a 16-year-old girl, at the yearning for zion ranch, when she became pregnant. the family of a connecticut woman attacked by a chimpanzee is following a multimillion dollar lawsuit. the state is to blame for not heeding warnings from a state biologist, about travis, the chimp's potential for danger. he tried to attack an officer responding to nash's assault.
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the animal chewed often the officer's nose, hands and eye lids. the lawsuit is asking for $50 million. a northern california bus driver involved in a crash has been sentenced today. 53-year-old clinton ross was sentenced to 26 years and four months for his involvement in the october 28 crash. watts was found guilty of 11 counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. and 21 counts of great bodily injury. police say watts had fallen asleep at the wheel, causing to fall asleep -- veer off the road and roll over. a man sitting at his desk. all of a sudden, he is attacked. more inmates entered, not to join in but to stop the fight. police say if the other inmates had not intervened, the guard could have suffered serious injury. other deputies soon rushed to the scene to restrain the
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inmate. a medical world first. a baby's brain was dissolving from an extremely rare disease. a quick-thinking doctor stumbled upon a highly experimental drug, developed in germany. and it worked. >> reporter: an extremely rare metabolic disorder that was destroying her brain. she was given 0% chance of survival. >> couldn't believe it was happening to us. but at the same time, hoped something would be possible. >> reporter: that hope was shared by the doctors at children's hospital. while researching, a found a german professor who made a promising breakthrough, while treating animals. in desperation, the doctor called him. >> that was just a one in a million chafnlts. >> but -- chance. >> but it was the baby's only one. a possible cure, known as cpmp was sent to australia. however, despite the parents' desire to try treatment, they
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were reluctant to go ahead. >> i got the phone call. he said, alex, we can go. so this baby was the first human on earth to be treated. >> reporter: within two weeks, the treatment had gone to the hospital. and the baby began waking from her coma-like state. >> very dramatic. it was a clear improvement. >> reporter: and now, 18 months on, she is healthy and happy. >> we look at her now. and we think, oh, my god, you are just an absolute miracle. >> reporter: the drug used on baby zed is now saved the life of a german child. and hopefully more in coming years. >> this is basically our contribution to human kind. >> the full details of the treatment are now being analyzed for a planned human trial of the medication at southern california. many in central texas are outraged tonight after they learned a benefit intended to help a woman with cancer was a
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hoax. hundreds showed up at a fundraiser, to help a woman they thought had breast cancer. turns out, the woman never had cancer, and used the people's money to buy breast implants. a local plastic surgeon discovered the scam and alerted authorities. police say she claimed the hoax was an act to save her marriage. a group of marines in north carolina. her shell walk -- herschel walker talked about his struggle with mental illness. he said it's important to come forward and not be afraid to seek help for any mental issue. a wayward truck. watch as he drives down an aisle and right into a shelf, containing cases of vodka. the good news is, he received justice a minor leg injuries. bad news, the video is posted on the internet. and has been seen by millions.
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there's been a horrible shooting at fort hood, texas, near waco. and right now issue there's a news conference about to get under way. right now, what we do know is that seven people are dead. many as 20 people are injured. and officials there at fort hood are briefing reporters. let's listen in. >> how does that sound, marshall? >> three, four. >> can you hear me yet? >> yeah, i can hear you. >> yeah, yeah. hello, hello, hello. >> as you can see, they're still setting up for this news conference. and these are reporters from local television stations who are just outside the gate. looks like the officers talking now -- actually, they're just getting set up. eyewitness news will continue to monitor this situation and we will bring you more information as it becomes available to us. right now, horrible situation playing out in fort hood, texas. several people have been shot. seven people are dead. 20 people injured.
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and one shooter, as we understand, is in custody right now. they're still looking, as we understand, for another. and we will rejoin this news conference in just a few moments. for now, we're going to take a short break. and when we come back, we'll have th
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as we have been telling you about, an army spokesperson is. it is now confirmed that 12 people are dead. let's list know in to a sound byte. >> we had a terrible tragedy here at fort hood today. the situation is ongoing. but i think we have news that we are close to a resolution. at approximately 1330 hours today, a shooter entered what we call the soldier readiness facility, where soldiers who are ready to deploy go for last- minute medical and dental checkups. the shooter opened fire. and thanks essentially to the quick response of police forces, was killed. at this time, the numbers that we're looking at are 12 dead and 31 wounded. and they're dispersed among the
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local hospitals here in the central texas area. again, the exat the point of injuries varies significantly. and again, we're getting great cooperation from the central texas medical facility facilities. as i said, the shooter was killed. he's a shoulder. we have since then apprehended two additional soldiers who were suspects. and i would go into the point that there were eyewitness accounts that there may have been more than one shooter. they tracked these suspected individuals to an avase jacent facility. and they were apprehended. they are soldiers. but again, they are suspects at this time. and we're looking into that. the challenge that we face. >> as you were just listening there, the number of the death toll has risen to 12 people. 31 people injured there at a processing center where soldiers prepare to deploy to iraq and other places. we'll have the latest on this story coming up on eyewitness
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news at 5:00 and 6:00. right now, we're going to go to bob turk for the forecast. 42 in oakland. we're at 53 now. 59 in pax river. 57 in ocean city. still have a bit of a breeze out of the north and northwest. that will continue. we have a little area to our north and west this afternoon. behind it, a lot of sunshine. it will be chilly tonight. but plenty of sun in our forecast for the weekend. thanks to high pressure, it's going to move across our region. cooler tonight and into friday. but by the weekend, the winds go southwest. and here comes a nice, nice warmup. winds tonight as high as 35 knots. and a gail warning until 6:00. these are extended until tomorrow morning. for tonight, we're looking for generally clear to partly cloudy skies. chilly, 35 with a bit of a breeze, from time to time. tomorrow, lots of sun. but a cool breeze, high of only 52. freezing temps in the region, again tomorrow night. >> thank you very much, bob. still to come on eyewitness news tonight. a night out at a dundalk
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strip club turns into violence. a stabbing and a shooting involving a baltimore city police officer. i'm weijia jiang at the scene. and that story is straight ahead on wjz eyewitness news.
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coming up next on eyewitness news at 5:00. a gun panopened fire at an -- gunman opened fire at an army base. an off-duty officer opens fire on a man at a bar. but what led to the altercation? check in for more on all the day's breaking news. >> eyewitness news at 5:00 starts now.